The Oslo Declaration

An expression of unity and resolve to curb alcohol harm

Towards reducing alcohol harms
OSLO DECLARATION

9th European Alcohol Policy Conference Statement
Oslo, 17th June 2022

Conclusions and Key Messages

We, the participants,

GATHERED here in Oslo, Norway from 16th to 17th June 2022;

RECOGNISING that alcohol continues to cause more harm in Europe than any other drug, with devastating consequences for public health and social welfare;

CONCERNED that the alcohol industry continues to promote its products to new and existing consumers through many channels, including heavy alcohol users, young people and other vulnerable groups;

KNOWING that scientific evidence has unequivocally established that alcohol consumption causes
harms, including death, disease, injury, disability and economic hardship;

ALARMED by further increases in alcohol consumption among heavy drinkers during the covid-19 pandemic;

AWARE of the increasingly aggressive and well-funded efforts of the alcohol industry and its allies to undermine and subvert effective alcohol regulation and to normalise its consumption;

CONSIDERING governments’ responsibility to protect the wellbeing of people and communities;

and

AIMING to achieve health and development for all in Europe through high-impact alcohol policy solutions;

DO HEREBY DECLARE: 

1. National governments and the EU should regulate alcohol based on the WHO’s evidence-based Global Alcohol Action Plan to achieve its ambitious targets by 2030

2. National governments should cooperate to implement the evidence-based WHO Best Buys and SAFER recommendations, focussed on price, availability and marketing of alcohol

3. EU level regulation should reflect public support for mandatory ingredient, nutrition declaration and warning labels on alcohol products, so empowering properly informed consumer decisions

4. National governments and the EU should make sure that health policy-making processes are protected from alcohol industry interference

5. National governments should tax alcohol products related to alcohol content. This should be index-linked and increased regularly in line with economic and health indicators

6. National governments should restrict or ban the marketing exposure of alcohol products, particularly to young people and children and other vulnerable groups

7. Governments should recognise and support the pivotal role of civil society organisations in preventing and reducing alcohol harm

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  • Actis
  • Addiction Switzerland
  • Alcohol Action Ireland
  • Alcohol Change UK
  • Alcohol Focus Scotland
  • Alcohol Forum Ireland
  • Alcohol Health Alliance
  • Alcohol Justice
  • Alcohol Policy Network in Europe (APN)
  • Associacio Rauxa
  • Association Addictions France
  • Associação C.A.T.R. – Centro de Apoio, Tratamento e Recuperação
  • AV OG TIL
  • Balance
  • BASL – British Association for the Study of the Liver
  • CLAS Coalición América Saludable
  • Deutsche Hauptstelle für Suchtfragen e.V. (DHS)
  • Digestive Cancers Europe
  • Doctors in Unite
  • EASL
  • EBC European Brain Council
  • ECDA The European Chronic Disease Alliance
  • ECL Association of European Cancer Leagues
  • Eesti Karskusliit
  • EHYT
  • ELPA European Liver Patients’ Association
  • EMNA European Mutual-Help Network for Alcohol-Related Problems
  • EONS European Oncology Nursing Society 
  • EPHA – European Public Health Alliance
  • EUCAM – European Centre for Monitoring Alcohol Marketing
  • EUFAS European Federation of Addiction Societies
  • Eurocare (European Alcohol Policy Alliance)
  • European Cancer Organisation
  • European Institute of Women’s Health (EIWH)
  • FDR+ Fachverband Drogen- und Suchthilfe e.V.
  • FORUT
  • Fundación Salud y Comunidad (FSC)
  • GAMIAN-Europe
  • Georgian Health Promotion and Education Foundation
  • Global Alcohol Policy Alliance
  • Good Health and Wellbeing
  • Green Crescent Society
  • Groningen Center for Health Law
  • Guttempler
  • IAS Institute of Alcohol Studies
  • ICANN
  • Intact
  • International Blue Cross
  • International Diabetes Federation Europe
  • IOGT Norway
  • IOGT-NTO Sweden
  • IOGT Switzerland
  • KREUZBUND
  • Movendi International
  • Nacoa
  • NordAN (Nordic Alcohol and Drugs Policy Network)
  • NTAKK – Lithuanian Tobacco and Alcohol Control Coalition
  • Kreftforeningen (Norwegian Cancer Society)
  • Oral Health Foundation
  • S.A.F Ocean Indien
  • Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol & Drugs
  • SHAAP Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems
  • SNCDA (Slovenian NCD Alliance)
  • SOCIDROGALCOHOL
  • Società Italiana di Alcologia (SIA)
  • Standing Committee of European Doctors CPME
  • STAP – Dutch Institute for Alcohol Policy
  • The Norwegian Medical Association
  • The Platform for Better Oral Health in Europe
  • United European Gastroenterology (UEG)
  • UTRIP Institute for Research and Development
  • Visual TEAF
  • Vlaams expertisecentrum voor alcohol VAD
  • WHO (World Health Organization)
  • YHO (Youth Health Organization)